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Mystics star Elena Delle Donne suffers apparent — and grotesque — injury in Game 2 loss

Mystics star Elena Delle Donne suffers apparent — and grotesque — injury in Game 2 loss

Washington Mystics star Elena Delle Donne was carried off the court with help from teammates after suffering a scary-looking injury in the fourth quarter of Washington's 78-75 loss to the Atlanta Dream Tuesday night in Game 2 of the WNBA Eastern Conference Finals. 

On a drive to the basket with 3:04 remaining in the game, it appeared Delle Donne's knee buckled and she fell to the floor.

She left the floor with a game-high 27 points and playoff career-high 14 rebounds and did not return to the game.

After the game, Delle Donne spoke with Gene Wang of the Washington Post. 

A serious injury to Delle Donne would turn the series on its head. Through two games, the 28-year-old leads all players in both points (59) and rebounds (27).

The Mystics and Dream meet again in Game 3 on Friday, Aug. 31 at the Charles E. Smith Center on the campus of George Washington University. The game tips off at 8:00 p.m. ET and will air on ESPN News and NBA TV.

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XFL releases its debut schedule for 2020 season

XFL releases its debut schedule for 2020 season

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jim Zorn will return to the sideline to coach the XFL's Seattle team against Washington's when the new league kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Zorn has ties to both cities. The longtime quarterback for the Seahawks and head coach for the Redskins for two seasons (2008-09) also is general manager of Seattle Dragons, who face Pep Hamilton's DC Defenders in Washington when the eight-team XFL begins play the weekend after the Super Bowl.

The XFL released the schedule for its inaugural season on Tuesday. ABC will broadcast the first game and Fox will have games on Saturday and Sunday during the opening weekend.

"It's a big moment for us," XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck said. "We've got great time slots on the weekends. We think it's a well-designed schedule in terms of competitive balance."

The league is the second XFL backed by the WWE's Vince McMahon. McMahon has invested nearly $400 million in the XFL and has started a separate company, Alpha Entertainment LLC, to operate it. The first version of the XFL -- a joint venture of WWE and NBC -- lasted just one season (2001).

This is the second consecutive year that a second pro football league will debut. The Alliance of American Football folded after just eight weeks.

The XFL is divided into two four-team divisions, East and West. The XFL East features teams in Washington, New York, St. Louis and Tampa Bay. The XFL West has teams in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Seattle.

Among the notable names involved in coaching is former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, the head coach and GM of the Dallas Renegades. Kevin Gilbride, who won two Super Bowls as the offensive coordinator for the Giants, is the coach for the New York Guardians. Longtime NFL and college coach June Jones will coach the Houston Roughnecks, while former NFL and CFL coach Marc Trestman is with the Tampa Bay Vipers.

Notable players include former Oklahoma and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Landry Jones by Dallas. Tommylee Lewis, best known for being the intended Saints receiver on the key pass interference play in last season's NFC title game, is also with Dallas. Cardale Jones, who won a championship with Ohio State in the 2014 season, is on DC and former Jets tight end Jace Amaro is with Seattle.

The XFL announced in May that it had reached agreements with ESPN and Fox Sports. All the games will air on national television with doubleheaders on Saturdays and Sundays. Twenty-four games will air on ABC or Fox. The remainder will air on ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and FS2.

"If you think about football in this country, I think you'd certainly have to think about ABC and ESPN and FOX with what they do, so I think these are trusted broadcasters, they've broadcast literally hundreds of thousands of NFL games, major college games," Luck said. "So their talent that they'll assign will be top-notch talent. So we think there's never been quite honestly a startup league that's had these kinds of windows, this kind of exposure."

The regular season will last 10 weeks. Each team will host five home games and play a schedule that features a home-and-home series against division rivals and one game against each team in the other division. The regular season ends on April 12. The division finals will be the following week and the winners will play for the championship on Sunday, April 26 on ESPN.

`"This a killer schedule with four national games each week," said Jeffrey Pollack, the XFL's president and chief operating officer. "Every XFL game will be on national television and presented by media companies that know football inside-out, know how to tell great stories."

10.21.19 Rick Horrow interviews Abby Warner

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10.21.19 Rick Horrow interviews Abby Warner

Edited by Tanner Simkins

In the latest edition of Rick Horrow's Sports Business Podcast, Rick interviews Indy Women in Tech Summit Co-Chair Abby Warner and shares the biggest sports business stories of the past week.



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1. Top cyber protection software provider Acronis is leading the way in data protection for the modern enterprise. Sports partners include Boston Red Sox, NIO Formula E, Arsenal FC, ROKiT Williams Racing, SportPesa Formula 1, Manchester City FC, and more. Trusted by the world’s leading sports teams across the world, Acronis ensures they have the latest technology backing up, storing, and protecting their valuable data. “This event will bring to life the vision… that we’ve been building across all facets of our business during the last five years,” Serguei Beloussov Acronis Founder and CEO said in advance of last week's inaugural Acronis Global Cyber Summit. The summit welcomed over 600 IT professionals to hear from world-renowned experts and business leaders shaping the future of cyber protection, including Herjavec Group CEO Robert Herjavec, Security Analyst and Researcher at Tel Aviv University Keren Elazari, and American former FBI counter-terrorism and counterintelligence operative Eric O’Neill, along with Acronis founder and CEO, Serguei Beloussov.

2. ISC exec Grant Lynch drives into sunset. Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 1000 Bulbs 500 at Talladega Superspeedway marked the final race of Rick’s friend longtime track Chairman Grant Lynch’s tenure, and ISC put out a video thanking him for the 26-year run. Lynch joined the track in January 1993, and over the years he has become one of NASCAR’s most well-known and respected track executives, influential behind the scenes and constantly doing media appearances. Lynch is retiring after this year and is set to be replaced by Talladega’s vice president of marketing and sales Brian Crichton. Daytona International Speedway, the flagship track of Talladega’s parent company, ISC, released a montage Sunday morning with several senior executives sharing their memories and thanking Lynch, including NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton, ISC President John Saunders, and Chief Innovation and Development Office Craig Neeb. Alas, we won’t know the outcome of Sunday’s playoff race until Monday, as rain delayed the race’s conclusion. Talladega also unveiled their new $50 million infield renovation this past weekend – which will serve as a lasting legacy to Lynch.

3. Merging Vets and Players (MVP) charity teams up with the Atlanta Falcons to reduce military and veteran suicides. According to KOAM News, the MVP charity aims to bring together combat veterans and retired professional athletes to help them adjust to life outside their professions. The organization has set up chapters in four major U.S. cities, and the Atlanta branch is working closely with the Atlanta Falcons. MVP was founded by FOX’s NFL insider, Jay Glazer, and Nate Boyer, U.S. Army Green Beret Veteran and former NFL athlete who played for the Seattle Seahawks in 2015. After recently running some physical activities as a group, MVP coaches run “The Huddle” – a 1:15 long support group where participants are coached to be proud of their scars. Some of MVP’s ambassadors include former NFL players Michael Strahan, Olin Kreutz, and Chris Long, who have struggled with retirement. By crossing the interactions between NFL and combat veterans, both ex-players and veterans can help express their emotions and struggles in a positive way.